• Civil War 10th Illinois Cavalry Soldier Writes "The President didn't want us discharged"

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    The 10th Illinois Cavalry served in the Union Army between July 29, 1861 and July 11, 1865 during the Civil War.  The regiment was involved in the Battles of Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Jonesborough, Bentonville, Siege of Atlanta and March to the Sea.

    JOSEPH C. SPERRY was mustered into I Co. IL 10th Cavalry on December 6, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 3, 1864 and was mustered out on November 22, 1865.  He was promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant on January 1, 1865. Research included.

    5 pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Sperry writes on March 19, 1862, on wonderful patriotic stationary, “No North, no South, no East, no West, But Equal and Exact Justice to all.”  In small part, “...When I was at Springfield I saw the U.S. officer that mustered us in & he said that we would [not] have drawn our pay in the company. I intend to follow the regiment to Hell or have it. I would rather be at home...It won’t be long before we are all at home...We will go back to Camp Butler to guard them prisoners.  It [is] uncertain what they will do with us. We got our sabers this evening. It is the talk all over the camp that we must leave here before we are discharged. Colonel Barrett got a dispatch from the president that he didn’t want us [discharged]...You said that you wanted some money. You shall have some as soon as I can get it. I can’t borrow any from the boys...I have no money to buy postage stamps...I am cook this week...It keeps me very busy to cook for the company. I wish I had you to help me...”

    Small burn mark on the bottom of the first page, light soiling. Else very good. Nice soldier letter.

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